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Joe Francis

¡Soy Un Papá!

My Babies Have Exquisite Kardashian Style

10/8/2014 12:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Retired "Girls Gone Wild" owner Joe Francis and his girlfriend just gave birth to twin Mexican girls -- well, technically, since she gave birth in Mexico -- and the newborn babes already have a fairy godmother -- Kris Jenner.

Joe's partner, Abbey, delivered two healthy girls -- Alexandria Claire and Athena Olivia -- Tuesday at a hospital in Puerto Vallarta ... and since they were born in Mexico, they're automatically given Mexican citizenship.

Sources close to the family tell us ... the babies are already being showered with gifts ... including pink Hermes blankets and Hermes clothing courtesy of Kris Jenner and the Kardashians.

The couple -- who live in Punta Mita -- conceived the girls through in vitro fertilization --  which can allow parents to choose the sex and other characteristics of their child. Francis said they chose IVF to make sure their babies were healthy and free of genetic illnesses.

¡Felicidades!

Joe Francis

Charged in Alleged

'Girls Gone Wild' Office Attack

8/29/2014 1:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0829-joe-francis-tmz-01Joe Francis is now facing 7 misdemeanor counts for his alleged attack at "Girls Gone Wild" headquarters, and a judge has issued a warrant for his arrest.

TMZ broke the story ... Joe got busted back in May after scrapping with a security guard and a 'GGW' employee at his old office. He was also hauled in for violating a restraining order that required him to stay away from the building.

Now prosecutors have charged Joe with 1 count of criminal threats, 2 counts trespassing, 1 count of battery, and 3 counts of disobeying a court order.

According to a source close to Joe ... he actually called cops the night of the arrest, because he says the security guard attacked HIM. We're told there is surveillance video to support Joe's claim.

As for the restraining order, Joe believed 'GGW' had moved out of the building ... so he felt the order no longer applied. Plus, we're told he had only gone there to pick up belongings from his old office.

Joe Francis

ARRESTED

In Alleged Girls Gone Wild Attack

5/17/2014 6:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0517-joe-francis-tmz-01Joe Francis was arrested Friday for allegedly attacking an employee at his old stomping ground -- the offices of "Girls Gone Wild."

Apparently Joe felt like reminiscing ... so he showed up at the L.A. offices Friday night.  Problem is -- there's a restraining order prohibiting him from coming within 100 feet of the building.

Joe didn't care, and made his way up to the 10th floor where he got into it with a security guard  ... according to law enforcement sources.

Security called the cops as a GGW employee tried to block Joe in the offices. The employee says Joe shoved him, and that triggered a citizen's arrest.

Cops took Joe to the station where he was booked for misdemeanor battery and released.

He's got another problem.  There will almost certainly be a court hearing where Joe could be held in contempt for violating the restraining order, and that could mean time in the slammer.

Francis tells us the person he got into it with is the new owner of GGW and says the guy has a "business vendetta" against him.

Francis claims he had every right to be there because the restraining order is no longer active ... and also claims the security guard "manhandled" his pregnant wife.

We got him on the way out of jail ... but at the time, he clearly wasn't in the talking mood.

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Joe Francis

Steve Wynn Is Screwing Over Girls Gone Wild

2/14/2014 11:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Joe Francis is on the attack ... claiming Las Vegas mogul Steve Wynn is poaching Joe's GIGANTIC  porn company, Girls Gone Wild,  just so he can dismantle it ... and it's all out of revenge.

TMZ broke the story ... GGW is in bankruptcy and the trustee engineered the sale to satisfy Joe's debts.

Someone came along and anonymously tried swooping GGW up, and Joe says it's his archenemy, Steve Wynn.

Joe believes Wynn continues to harbor a grudge -- Wynn sued Joe and got a $20 mil verdict, and a jury concluded Joe defamed Wynn by telling people the mogul hired hit men to kill him.

Joe believes Wynn is behind the purchase of GGW and his intent is to buy it, fire all the employees and then dismantle it.

Wynn could not be reached for comment.

'Girls Gone Wild' Bankruptcy

Stupid Domain Names for Sale

BestBreastsEver.com ... And MORE!

2/13/2014 1:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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... MardiGrasInvasion.net ... SpringBreakExplosion.com ... WeddingSubmissionVideo.com -- all these domain names and more are FOR SALE ... thanks to the "Girls Gone Wild" bankruptcy fiasco ... and some dumbass has already bid millions.

GGW filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last year -- and it's now selling off assets to pay off its multi-million-dollar debts ... assets that include a laundry list of ludicrous domain names associated with the soft core porn brand. Here are a few more examples:

-- BannedFromTV.com
-- HottestMomentsEver.com
-- MyExGFClub.com
-- SexStarvedCollegeGirls.net
-- And practically every other GGW-themed name you can think of (GirlsGoneWild.com, GGWbus.com, GGWcams.com, GGWdating.com, GGWmagazine.com ... you get the point)

All told, 69 domain names are on the auction block ... a convenient number.

So far, a third party company called GGW Acquisitions has already placed an offer to acquire the assets -- a deal that includes $1.8 million in cash and a promise to take on some of GGW's old debt -- but others can still outbid it.

It's unclear who's behind the company, but sources tell TMZ, it is NOT affiliated with Joe Francis or anyone at the original GGW.

'Girls Gone Wild' Honcho

Mi Casa Is Still Mi Casa

11/8/2013 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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"Girls Gone Wild" honcho Joe Francis wasn't kidding when he promised to save his ridiculous Bel Air mansion from foreclosure -- he actually pulled it off.

We broke the story, Joe's bank, JPMorgan Chase, began foreclosure proceedings back in September, claiming he slacked off on mortgage payments to the tune of $127,686.91.

Joe pleaded the problem was with his accountant, not him.

Well guess what -- we just got official docs revealing the bank has backed off the foreclosure.

Joe tells us -- his accountant acknowledged the screw up and made the account current ... so everyone's happy.

It's a ray of good financial news in a bleak financial forecast.-- Joe's company declared bankruptcy in February, and he's personally been ordered to pay Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn $19 million.

Time for another casting call.

Joe Francis

Mark My Words

I Won't Be Going to Jail

8/27/2013 6:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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tells TMZ, his 270-day jail sentence for assault and false imprisonment is "ridiculous" and "absurd" ... and he won't rest until it's thrown out.

As we reported, Francis was sentenced Tuesday for assaulting a woman at his home in 2011 and falsely imprisoning her friends, but on his way out of jail moments ago ... he still insisted, "I'm one hundred percent innocent."

Francis says he has appealed the jail sentence, which means he won't have to turn himself in until a judge shoots down his request ... which could theoretically take years.

But Francis says it's a non-issue anyway ... because he's still sure he'll emerge victorious in the end.

Joe Francis

SENTENCED TO JAIL

8/27/2013 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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10:51 AM PT -- Joe has just been sentenced to JAIL.

According to our count, Joe has been ordered to serve at least 270 DAYS in county jail.

He's also been sentenced to 36 months probation and has been ordered to complete a Level 3 Anger Management course.

He's also been ordered to complete 1 year of psychological counseling at a rate of 1 session per week.

During the sentencing, the judge expressed serious concerns with Joe's explosive temper -- and warned that it could get him in trouble in the future unless he learns how to keep his cool.

Bond will be set at $250k.

Joe is currently being handcuffed and escorted out of the courtroom.

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10:31 AM PT --
Joe's lawyer is begging the court for mercy.

10:29 AM PT --
Joe's motion for a re-trial has been SHOT DOWN. Now on to sentencing ...

9:53 AM PT --
Joe's lawyer is calling BS on the accusers -- claiming he can now prove the women lied during the trial, and therefore Joe deserves another chance to prove his innocence.

Among Joe's arguments -- he claims the women's story about not having cell phone reception at Joe's mansion are untrue ... and they have the phone records to prove it.

Joe also claims an accuser's story that she was "choke slammed" on Joe's tile floor is impossible because he doesn't have tile anywhere in the house.

9:40 AM PT --
The hearing has begun. Due to courtroom rules for this particular hearing, we will only be livestreaming the audio.

8:57 AM PT --
Francis is inside the courtroom, waiting for his case to be called.

8:50 AM PT --
Francis just arrived at the courthouse with his girlfriend Abbey Wilson. She's hot.

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We're told Francis is on his way to the court -- and should arrive momentarily.

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It's D-Day for Joe Francis ... the day the "Girls Gone Wild" mogul will learn his sentence for attacking a woman at his Hollywood mansion back in 2011 ... and he's facing serious time behind bars.

TMZ will be streaming live from inside the L.A. courtroom when Joe faces the judge later today. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 8:30 AM PT.

As we previously reported, 3 women had accused Joe of taking them to his Hollywood home -- following a night out -- and refusing to let them leave. He was also accused of attacking one of the women, choke-slamming her head into his tile floor.

Francis was convicted on 5 charges total, including assault, 3 counts of false imprisonment, and 1 count of dissuading a witness from reporting.

Never one to go down without a fight -- Francis recently filed court docs demanding a new trial based on allegations of insufficient evidence. We'll see if the judge buys his argument when the hearing begins.

Stay Tuned...

Joe Francis

I'm Renting a Sea Lion

To Play With Me

6/24/2013 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Joe Francis is spending his days down in Mexico with a brand new friend he can rent by the hour ... a 600 lb SEA LION  ... and TMZ's got the pics.

The "Girls Gone Wild" honcho tells TMZ ... he rents a Sea Lion named "Litibu" once a week from Vallarta Adventures to hang out with him and his GF Abbey Wilson at his casa near Puerta Vallarta. 

It's pretty incredible ... he says the 11-year-old mammal is so well trained he arrives via boat ... swims up to the beach ... walks to Joe's backyard ... and then dives straight into his pool.

Not only that, Joe says Litibu has a slew of tricks up his blubber ... he can do handstands, give kisses, stand and clap, roar on command and lets Joe and Abbey take rides on his back in the pool.

Our only request ... please no Sea Lion vs. Hot Naked Chicks tapes.

Joe Francis' GF to Vivid Honcho

Thanks for Keeping

My Hoo Ha Under Wraps

6/18/2013 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Joe Francis and his hot blonde GF can't thank Steve Hirsch enough for snatching their sex tape off the market -- in fact, Joe's GF has even sent the Vivid honcho a thank-you letter, gushing about how Steve kept her private parts ... private.

TMZ has obtained a copy of the letter Abbey Wilson sent to Hirsch. Here's the transcript:

Steve,

Joe has always said what a stand up guy you are in business and what a great friend you are. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping Joe and I out in this unfortunate situation. It's calming to know that we have such a loyal, true friend when an unexpected problem arises. You are a compassionate, warm hearted, and caring man that we are so grateful to have in our lives.

Thank you again,   
Abbey Wilson


As we reported, a sex tape featuring Wilson and the "Girls Gone Wild" honcho was being shopped to various media outlets. Francis had threatened to sue everyone and their mother over the tape, claiming it was stolen from Wilson's iPad.

When the person selling the tape went to Vivid, Hirsch did Francis a solid and purchased it (for an unknown sum). He then returned the footage to Francis and promised never to release it.

It was an especially big deal for Abbey and Francis ... because neither has ever appeared naked on the Internet (shocking, we know).

Now that's what (porn) friends are for.

Joe Francis Sex Tape

SOLD!!!!!!!

But Will Never Be Released

6/17/2013 4:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0614-joe-francis-steve-hirsch-tmzThe Joe Francis sex tape has been PURCHASED by a major porn company ... but the footage will never, ever, ever, ever see the light of day, TMZ has learned. 

We broke the story ... a sex tape featuring the "Girls Gone Wild" honcho and his smoking hot girlfriend was being shopped to various media outlets. Francis had threatened to sue everyone and their mother over the tape, claiming it was stolen from his GF's iPad. 

But Francis can call off his legal pit bulls (for a change) ... thanks to a HUUUUGE favor from Vivid Entertainment honcho Steve Hirsch

Turns out, the two porn moguls are friends (same porny circles) ... and when the person selling the tape went to Vivid, Steve decided to do Francis a solid and snatched it off the market (price: unknown). 

Hirsch then turned around and gave all of the footage to Joe, along with the promise he'd never release the tape.  

As for why the porn kings didn't involve police ... Hirsch told us, "Because of the time-sensitive nature of the situation I made a decision to expedite the process and return the movie to its original owner."

TMZ reached out to Francis ... he had no comment.

Joe Francis

Sex Tape Surfaces

'Girls Gone Wild' Honcho Threatens Legal Action

6/5/2013 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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"Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis is the star of a brand new hardcore sex tape ... problem is, he claims it was STOLEN from his longtime GF ... and now he's threatening legal action, TMZ has learned. 

The footage -- shot several weeks ago -- features Francis getting down and dirty with his girlfriend Abbey Wilson -- who (deservedly) won the GGW "Search for the Hottest Girl in America" contest back in 2012.  

We know ... the footage contains material from several sexual liaisons ... and it's currently being shopped to various media outlets. 

Francis tells TMZ ... he has NOTHING to do with the tape's release -- and, ironically, he's trying desperately to stop it from going public by THREATENING the person who has it. 

Joe claims the footage was ripped off of Abbey's iPad -- which was recently stolen from her bag at LAX. 

Francis' lawyer, David Houston, tells TMZ, "It is not only unfortunate, but it is a crime. As such, this office will take all necessary steps to determine who in fact has done this and who is attempting to distribute the video."

Joe's attorney says they have already contacted the authorities -- and want to deliver a strong warning to whoever has the footage: 

"When we catch you, we will see that you are prosecuted to the fullest extent of both the criminal and civil laws."

Ironic, right?

Joe Francis

Convicted

In Female Assault Case

5/7/2013 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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"Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis has just been found guilty of assault -- and a slew of other charges -- after attacking a woman in his Hollywood mansion back in 2011.

The L.A. City Attorney just made the announcement ... Francis was convicted on five charges total, including assault, three counts of false imprisonment, and one count of dissuading a witness from reporting.

Francis was charged back in 2011 after three women accused him of taking them to his Hollywood home -- following a night out -- and refusing to let them leave. He was also accused of attacking one of the women, choke-slamming her head into his tile floor.

Francis faces up to 5 years in jail. A sentencing scheduling hearing is set for this week.

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